To Hunt a Sub – Book Review

To Hunt a Sub is Jacqui Murray’s debut fiction novel and what a read it is.

A nuclear sub goes missing and retired Navy intel officer, Zeke Rowe, is called in to help with the investigation. It turns out that a cybervirus is the culprit. What Rowe can’t figure out was who did it or how to stop the perpetrator from sinking every submarine in the fleet. He joins forces with Kali Delamagente, the developer of an AI named Otto whose unique ability is compiling clues and finding things – like ancient people, kidnappers, and modern subs.

Rowe’s not the only one whose interested in the subs or Otto’s capabilities. Bent on destroying America, a terrorist is making Kali’s life miserable, breaking into her lab, hacking her computer, and making hostages out of those she loves. He nails warnings to the dead bodies of anyone who gets too close. As the terrorist ring closes in, time is running out and the stakes are rising.

One thing I enjoyed about this read is the technical reality Murray created for both the scientific and military aspects of the book. I completely believed the naval and investigatory hierarchy and protocols, as well as the operation inside the sub. I was fascinated by her explanation of Otto’s capabilities, the security efforts Kali employs to protect her data, and how she used Otto’s data to help Rowe.

If that all sounds like too much science, the characters are also well-rounded human beings with colorful histories and rich emotional palettes. There’s a little romantic attraction thrown in for fun though it isn’t a main focus of the story. The plot is high energy and complex with twists that require the reader to pay attention.

To Hunt a Sub is an entertaining novel for anyone who enjoys military thrillers. A well-written read and great fun!

Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray

About the Author:
J Murray blogs at Worddreams and has wonderful tips for writers. She is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

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97 thoughts on “To Hunt a Sub – Book Review

  1. Great interview, Diana. It sounds like an interesting read. Congratulations, Jacqui on this great interview and continued good sales for your book. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  2. Great review, Diana. Sounds like a very interesting read. The author’s bio is so impressive. 🙂

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  3. Antonia says:

    This sounds like such an interesting book. I am very intrigued!

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  4. Every time I come across Jacqui’s book with its very ‘commanding’ cover I think, yes, it must be next! So many books but I will definitely make time for it and thanks for the great review!

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  5. Steph McCoy says:

    This sounds very appealing to me. I have to admit at first I was concerned it might be too technical but mentioning how well rounded the characters are, I’d have no problem following the storyline. The plots is intriguing.

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  6. Annika Perry says:

    Great review, Diana. I love the premise and scope of this book – sounds intense and good to know that tech information is balance with well-rounded and crafted characters.

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  7. dgkaye says:

    Fantastic review of Jacqui’s book. Looking so forward to getting to it when I can. 🙂

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  8. Ali Isaac says:

    What an amazing woman! How the hell does she manage to do all of that??? Very busy lady! Best of luck with the new novel!

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  9. balroop2013 says:

    Hacking? cyber attack? sounds quite interesting!! Thanks for a wonderful review Diana. I have added this book to my list. All the best to Jacqui!

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  10. Kev says:

    It’s a great review, Diana. Not exactly my genre, but hey, I’m always up for something new… Maybe. 🙂

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  11. GP Cox says:

    Jacqui is not only a terrific writer, but a wonderful mother, researcher, friend and blogger!! I wish her all the best with her latest accomplishment!

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  12. Wow, this sounds like a great book! Thanks for reviewing it for us, Diana. Off to add to my TBR list!

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  13. Carrie Rubin says:

    I enjoyed this one too. Loved the weaving together of technology and anthropology/archaeology.

    Hope you’re doing well, Diana. Must feel so good to have all your books transferred over now. Happy writing to you!

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  14. Heartafire says:

    a wonderful review, thank you D.

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  15. babbitman says:

    Not often that my surname is used for a character. I may change my first name to Zeke. 😀
    Sounds like a good read – I shall add it to the list (although the kindle app on my phone is starting to over-flow!)

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  16. noelleg44 says:

    I’m going to download this one Diana!

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  17. That’s right up my alley. I like to read in the evening and a good thriller beats TV at any time.

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  18. confabler says:

    The author profile is really impressive😮

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  19. Lovey says:

    This seems interesting. I need to grab it as soon as possible and force myself to read it. Thank you.

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